Victory World Church (VWC) is a vibrant multi-cultural organization and multi-campus facility founded in 1990 and is located outside of Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia.
Victory’s main campus welcomes more than 8,500 people from over 100 nations each weekend, and the ministry has expanded to include church affiliations such as Victory North in Kennesaw; Classic City Community Church in Athens; and most recently, its new satellite campus, Victory @ Hamilton Mill in Buford.
In 2010, former R&B singer-songwriter and record producer Montell Jordan joined as lead worship pastor, boosting its membership exponentially.
Recently the church leadership decided that the main auditorium consoles needed to be upgraded with DiGiCo digital consoles.
The initial challenges that prompted the upgrade were multi-fold, says Kevin Entrenkin, Director of Engineering for Clark.
Over the years the integration solutions company based in Dallas and Atlanta has helped VWC update their technology needs including building a broadcast video suite in 2009, upgrading the PA to full Meyer system in 2010 and adding a Webcast Studio and console in 2011.
In 2013, Entrenkin and VWC’s Technical Director Nathan Williams laid out a plan to update VWCs main auditorium consoles, securing a DiGiCo SD7 at FOH, a DiGiCo SD5 at monitors and another SD5 in its Webcast Studio—144 Inputs and 112 Outputs over the entire system—with local DiGiCo SD Racks at each location.
Two additional SD Racks were added on stage to handle the I/O for stage inputs including wireless Mics, and In-Ear Monitor Systems. All of the consoles are running on a dedicated Optocore ring implemented specifically for the consoles.
“The long and short of the PA renovation was that everything in the facility was original to the building and beginning to show signs of wear and tear. The existing system was less than 10 years old but the original digital consoles, and cabling, were beginning to need a major overhaul to keep functioning,” explains Entrenkin.
“Aside from the maintenance issues, the overall programming needs in the facility had changed and they needed more channels and mainly, flexibility to keep up with the multiple weekend services, outside events—all with their own slightly different style.
Entrenkin continues, “The largest challenge was the upgrade to existing cabling and getting a reliable infrastructure to eliminate some of the emergency troubleshooting and failures. The cabling in the facility had served the church well over the years but again everything was in need of repair.
“A new fiber backbone provided the flexibility, redundancy and reliable infrastructure needed to meet their needs and DiGiCo offered an elegant solution that was extremely robust yet easy to use and resolved many of the issues.”